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Top 5 Travel Ideas to Honor Connections from the Past

Allison Gilbert | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
Allison Gilbert

As the entire mid-Atlantic battles Winter Storm Jonas, I find myself fantasizing about heading someplace warm. Ecotourism. Adventure travel. Volunteer...

Group Smuggles Torah To Make Major Stride For Jewish Women In Jerusalem

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 04.20.2015 | Religion

A group of Jewish women in Jerusalem challenged gender regulations at the Western Wall on Monday by reading from a full-sized Torah -- something that ...

To Get the Most out of a Trip to Israel, Do These 11 Things

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 05.05.2015 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Just over 250 miles long and 70 miles wide at its widest point (9 miles wide at narrowest), Israel can be covered in a matter of hours. But, you'll want to stay for days -- as many as possible -- because every inch of this country is imbued with meaning.

Exploding Jerusalem

Gary M. Burge | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Gary M. Burge

If extremist provocateurs like Yehuda Glick cannot be stopped, we can expect war to reignite year after year. But in addition if Christian Zionists (their preachers, academics, and writers) do not stop supporting and encouraging these provocations, they will be complicit in what may erupt.

Sarah Silverman Stops By Western Wall To Stand With Jewish Feminists

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) Comedian Sarah Silverman made a rare appearance in the middle of a hot political dispute Thursday (Dec. 18) when she attended a Hanukk...

Should Jewish Girls Be Allowed To Read Torah At The Western Wall?

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) A new bus ad campaign promoting the right of girls to celebrate their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall is the latest push by the femini...

Plain Vanilla: Yom Kippur

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur?...

Prayer: What Is It Good For?

Herb Silverman | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Herb Silverman

The 1969 protest song "War" asks "What is it good for?" and answers "Absolutely nothing!" If I substituted "Prayer" for "War," I would qualify my answ...

Justin Timberlake Visits Western Wall, Instagrams It With #Israel

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion

International pop star Justin Timberlake made a holy detour before his concert in Tel Aviv on May 28, posing for a picture at the Western Wall. The Wa...

Deaf Russian Jewish Group Experiences Israel for First Time

Anav Silverman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion
Anav Silverman

It was an unusual sight on Friday night at Judaism's most sacred site, the Western Wall. Near the blue-and-white Israeli flag, waving over the multitudes of Sabbath prayer-goers, a group of young adults were holding hands and dancing -- in complete silence.

If You Build It, He Will Come: Parshat Terumah

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

In Exodus 25:8, G-d promises the Jewish people that if they build the Tabernacle, He will dwell amongst them. But isn't G-d already everywhere? And now that the Tabernacle and the Temples have been destroyed, where does G-d reside?

The 'Jerusalem Committee' Reconsidered

Ahmed Charai | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.

A Wall of Healing: How Splitting the Kotel Can Bring Us All Together

Rabbi Michael Rothbaum | Posted 02.08.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Rothbaum

Being Jewish is not just about being Jewish my way. While I choose to pray only in spaces where there are no divisions based on gender, I know there are Jews for whom such a division is essential. And not just men.

WATCH: Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" Bat Mitzvah

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul has been bat mitzvahed! Abandoning earlier plans for a high-profile bat mitzvah at the Western Wall during her trip to Israel, Paula Ab...

Mazel Tov, Paula Abdul!

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul touched down in Israel on last week with a very special goal -- to celebrate her bat mitzvah at the Western Wall. The Los Angeles-born sta...

New Prayer Platform At Western Wall Sparks Protests

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 08.27.2013 | Religion

A new platform at the Western Wall intended for mixed-gender prayer has sparked objections from egalitarian groups. Critics say it favors a separatist...

Women Of The Wall Planning Selichot Services At Kotel

Posted 08.14.2013 | Religion

Women of the Wall have been fighting a 25-year long battle "to achieve the social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls,...

Shifting Reality for Peace!

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Kevin Bermeister

The complexity of Jerusalem's Temple Mount appears insurmountable because demand to possess the world's most contested rock will in all likelihood continue unabated until a peaceful solution emerges from it.

Tisha B'Av at the Kotel

Ariel Gros-Werter | Posted 09.16.2013 | Religion
Ariel Gros-Werter

Yesterday, Jews around the world observed Tisha B'Av, a fast day commemorating half a dozen Jewish tragedies, the most significant being the destructions of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem.

A Place for Sadness: Reflections on Tisha B'Av and the Wholeness of a Broken Heart

Rabbi Michael Bernstein | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Bernstein

This week, we are immersed in the days leading up to the most mournful day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B'Av, which marks the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem and the horrific degradation and loss of life that were wrought.

Small-d Democracy At Israel's Western Wall

Harvey Stein | Posted 09.10.2013 | World
Harvey Stein

I think the shakeup at the Western Wall is one of the best things to happen to Israel in decades. It's a popular uprising for change, for real democracy.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews Block Women From Praying

Reuters | Allyn Fisher-Ilan | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion

JERUSALEM, July 8 (Reuters) - Several thousand ultra-Orthodox protesters effectively blocked Jewish women activists campaigning for equal worship ri...

Israeli Shot, Killed At Western Wall

Reuters | Posted 08.20.2013 | World

(Adds court orders gunman held, victim's name, details) JERUSALEM, June 21 (Reuters) - An Israeli security guard shot dead a fellow-Is...

Civility And Tolerance At Judaism's Holiest Site: An Open Letter From Los Angeles Rabbis

Rabbi Judith HaLevy | Posted 08.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Judith HaLevy

We are American rabbis from different denominations; we know there are different ways to be a Jew. We know that the ability to disagree civilly does not grow spontaneously. It takes many years of cultivating relationships and building trust through listening, sharing and working together.

Jewish Federations Support Egalitarian Space At Western Wall

Posted 06.04.2013 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) The Jewish Federations of North America announced Monday (June 3) that its trustees had p...